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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Exclusive: interview with Brazilian star Antony on his future, Man United and more Fabrizio Romano Comfirm

Exclusive: interview with Brazilian star Antony on his future, Man United and more ⤵️🔮

▫️ How is the negotiation for your transfer going?

▪️ Antony: "Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face new challenge and that some interested clubs would arrive and with them, certainly a great offer".

▫️ What happened with Ajax?

▪️ Antony: "In June of this year, I interrupted my vacation and came personally to inform the managers of Ajax, including new coach, about my wish to leave and that they should consider this possibility, because it was a project for 2 seasons".

▫️ Antony, what did you tell the club so?

▪️ Antony: "During the window months, meetings continued and I also received a proposal from Ajax for contract renewal. I made it clear once again: I WANT TO LEAVE".

▫️ What happened today, Friday?

▪️ Antony: "Today, in a meeting with the club, I expressed my old interest in leaving - this time with considerable offer on the table. Others had already arrived! Ajax refused with argument that they only have 5 days to replace me".

▫️ Why Ajax don't want to let you go?

▪️ Antony: "I'm not asking Ajax to release me, I'm asking Ajax to sell me with the highest bid ever for Eredivisie player. I've been insisting on this theme since February so that the club could rebuild the team with peace of mind".

▫️ How do you feel about the club?

▪️ Antony: "I was very happy in Amsterdam, I won titles at Ajax, made friends and built part of my career, but now I REINFORCE that I am ready and full of motivation to follow my story and my dreams".

▫️ What's your position right now?

▪️ Antony: "People need to listen to me and understand that my motivation moves me towards happiness. I need this to continue performing at a high level. Ajax will always be in my heart!".

▫️ What’s your message to Ajax fans?

▪️ Antony: "I hope Ajax fans understand me... because the future for a football player is a totally uncertain thing and the opportunities can be unique!"

"My message is one of gratitude for Ajax, club and fans".

@antony00 ✍đŸ»

#manunited #mufc #antony ⭐️

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag gives Harry Maguire injury update ahead of Melbourne clash

 Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag gives Harry Maguire injury update ahead of Melbourne clash

Harry Maguire played no part in Man United's 4-0 win over Liverpool in their pre-season opener on Tuesday in Bangkok.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. (Image: Anusak Laowilas/NurPhoto via Getty Images.)Get the latest on new manager Erik ten Hag, transfers and United team news delivered straight to your inbox every day

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that captain Harry Maguire is available for Friday's pre-season friendly against Melbourne Victory at Melbourne Cricket ground.

The centre-back, who will continue as United's captain this season, missed Tuesday's 4-0 win over Liverpool in Thailand because of a minor knock. He trained away from the main group in the build-up to the contest on Monday and was not risked against Jurgen Klopp's side.

In his absence, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof started at centre-back, before being replaced at half-time by Eric Bailly and Alex Telles, as Ten Hag made mass changes at the interval. Bailly impressed after coming off the bench, meaning he could bag himself a starting berth against Melbourne.

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However, Ten Hag has confirmed that he expects Maguire to be capable of playing half of Friday's first friendly in Australia. The Dutchman did not, however, confirm if the England defender will start.

"He is available," Ten Hag confirmed, speaking at his pre-match press conference. "We will see [if he will play 45 minutes], but I think he can play half a game."

United enter their second pre-season outing with the squad in a healthy position, with Ten Hag reporting no fresh injury concerns. Goalkeeper David de Gea went off in the second-half against Liverpool after appearing to pull up with a minor complaint, but he was not mentioned by the Dutchman in his latest press call, suggesting that he is fine.

to pull up with a minor complaint, but he was not mentioned by the Dutchman in his latest press call, suggesting that he is fine.

Our squad is full," Ten Hag added. "We are at full capacity and we have a strong squad, so the fans will be happy."

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Chelsea will need ‘very high concrete offer’ to get forward – Club want €80-90m minimum

  Chelsea will need ‘very high concrete offer’ to get forward – Club want €80-90m minimum

With Chelsea now seemingly getting their transfer window started, a few clubs are wondering if their players are safe.

One of those is Milan, whose Rafael LeĂŁo has apparently become a target for the Blues, with reports starting to circulate that the Premier League side are looking at the Portuguese forward.

Corriere dello Sport cover it on Wednesday, mentioning that the English media are the ones who broke the news, before seemingly adding information of their own.

They do state Chelsea made ‘enquiries’ via the player’s agent, and ‘asked if they could give it a try later this summer’.

As pointed out, it’s ‘just an exploratory phase’ for now, but the Serie A side ‘expect the arrival of some team who will concretely ask for the player sooner or later’.

That’s why they are keen to renew him, but if they can’t, they also won’t want to lose him on a free.

Corriere then go on to state that this is why ‘if very high concrete offers arrive, Milan would evaluate them, but only from the threshold of €80-90m’, with anything below ‘returned to sender’.

Part of this is because they owe 15% of any transfer to Lille, and with new owners at the helm, there’s a chance Chelsea could reach those figures if they really wanted to.

Certainly something to keep an eye on.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Chelsea eye 26-year-old Bundesliga winger as an alternative to Raphinha

 Chelsea eye 26-year-old Bundesliga winger as an alternative to Raphinha

Transfer News: Chelsea are interested in Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry as an alternative to Raphinha

According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Premier League giants Chelsea are showing interest in Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry this summer.

The Blues were heavily linked with Leeds United star Raphinha. They also had a bid accepted by the Yorkshire side only for the player to hold out for a move to Barcelona. This has prompted Thomas Tuchel and co to shift their attention elsewhere.

Chelsea are close to announcing Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling but appear keen to bring in one more winger. This is understandable given Christian Pulisic’s injuries and Hakim Ziyech’s inconsistency. The latter is currently in talks with AC Milan and could exit Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

Transfer News: Chelsea are interested in Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry as an alternative to Raphinha. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Gnabry is one of the most dynamic wingers in the German top flight and has emerged as a regular for both Bayern and Germany in recent years. He has one year left on his deal at the Allianz Arena and Chelsea could tempt the Germans into selling him this summer.

Having already signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool, Die Roten already have one wide-man in, meaning that they could be amenable to selling the 26-year-old. A right-winger who can play anywhere along the frontline, Gnabry will certainly add another dimension to the Blues’ roster.

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Chelsea already have two excellent full-backs in Ben Chilwell and Reece James on their roster. Landing Sterling and Gnabry will hand them two reliable wide-men, both of who will help overload the flanks. As long as the Bleus pull it off, they will be a force to be reckoned with on the wings next season.

Accord to Joe Nelson:Ten Hag, Cristiano Ronaldo is in his plans for the new season

 Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has made it clear that Cristiano Ronaldo is in his plans for the new season after fielding a number of questions on the striker’s future.

The Reds’ new boss was asked about the absence of the Portugal international from his Tour 2022 squad during his pre-match press conference for tomorrow’s match against Liverpool in Bangkok.

“He is not with us, and it is due to personal reasons,” said the Dutchman. “We are planning with Cristiano Ronaldo for this season.

“That’s it and I’m looking forward to working with him.”He added: “Cristiano is in our plans and we want to get success together.”

Ten Hag was keen to stress he has previously had a very positive conversation with the 37-year-old. “I had a good conversation with him and I had a really good talk.”

When probed for details of this chat, the United boss refused to share any insight, reiterating his stance about the no.7.

“[The conversation] is between Cristiano and me,” he said. “But what I can confirm is we had a really good conversation together.”

United begin Tour 2022 with a fixture against Liverpool at the Rajamangala Stadium tomorrow (14:00 BST), live on MUTV, with Ronaldo not playing a part.

Ten Hag explained that the striker is absent for the moment, as has previously been communicated.

“I cannot tell,” the Dutchman responded when asked whether Ronaldo would be joining the Reds on tour. “The absence is already explained and that is it for the moment.”


MUTV is the only place to watch Tuesday’s match in Thailand LIVE, with coverage starting at 13:00 BST ahead of the 14:00 kick-off*.

MUTV viewers will also have access to the short and extended match highlights before anyone else, as well as the full match replay. So what are you waiting for? Visit MUTV now.

*MUTV live coverage not available in Thailand due to domestic broadcast rights

Football rumours: Robert Lewandowski open to Chelsea if Barcelona deal collapses The Blues need a new centre-forward after Romelu Lukaku went on loan to Inter Milan.

 Football rumours: Robert Lewandowski open to Chelsea if Barcelona deal collapses

The Blues need a new centre-forward after Romelu Lukaku went on loan to Inter Milan.

Robert Lewandowski is said to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if his preferred deal with Barcelona does not eventuate (Sven Hoppe/DPAPA)

Robert Lewandowski is said to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if his preferred deal with Barcelona does not come off. The Mail, which cites Germany’s Bild, says Chelsea and Paris St Germain will enter the race for the 33-year-old Bayern Munich striker if his Camp Nou move fails. West London is then understood to be his preferred destination, with the Blues in need of a new centre-forward following Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan on loan.

What the papers say

Staying at Chelsea, where bosses reportedly have “no problem” meeting Napoli’s £34million tag for Kalidou Koulibaly. The Blues are considering additional defensive requirements after they lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer. The 31-year-old defender is off contract with Napoli at the end of next season and the Senegalese ace is also being monitored by Juventus, according to the Sun which cites Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

Everton are understood to be on the cusp of offering their England goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, a new long-term contract. The stopper joined the Merseysiders from Sunderland for £25m in 2017 and following strong showings for his country signed a six-year deal in 2018 which takes him through to next summer. The Liverpool Echo reports the reigning Everton Player of the Season, 28, will soon be asked to commit to the club into his 30s and toward a decade with them.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham face competition from up north as they chase a signature from France. The Standard says Newcastle failed to land Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta in January and the Ligue 1 club have confirmed the 24-year-old has been the subject of bids.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Thomas Tuchel makes final decision on Chelsea's transfer pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo


Thomas Tuchel makes final decision on Chelsea's transfer pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo

Thomas Tuchel is said to be far from convinced about adding Cristiano Ronaldo to his squad due to the impact it may have 

Thomas Tuchel has ruled out Chelsea making a move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer.

Ronaldo wants to leave United just one year on from his return to Old Trafford and the 37-year-old is the only player who has not reported to the club’s pre-season training this month due to ‘family reasons’. This means the Portuguese superstar is not involved in the 31-player squad which has jetted off to Bangkok.

Blues owner Todd Boehly is considering launching an extraordinary bid to sign Ronaldo as he and Chelsea director Behdad Eghbali are keeping close tabs on the situation, but will not move for the player unless they receive Tuchel's blessing.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is said to be keen on a move for Ronaldo ( Image: Getty Images)

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Ronaldo’s situation has been complicated further as he featured in United’s launch for their new home kit but recorded footage of him alongside David Beckham and Eric Cantona – which had been scheduled to be released at the same time as the new kit – has been put on hold by Adidas until the his future at the club is clarified.

Chelsea are set to complete the £47.5million signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City this week to bolster their attacking options, but the loan exit of club-record signing Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan has left a hole in the centre of their forward line.

Tuchel is said by the Mail to be unconvinced by Ronaldo’s addition as he would not be a natural fit in his side’s attack. The manager fears the Portuguese superstar could disrupt their fluid attacking options that include Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic, alongside the addition of Sterling.

This is a similar dilemma to the one United faced last year; the club had an attack including Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, but those plans were shelved with the addition of Ronaldo, which unbalanced the attack – despite his fine personal output of 24 goals for the season.

Tuchel said of the Portuguese star last year: "Time will tell, but I think it is not a secret that any team in the world without Cristiano [Ronaldo] is in some parts of the game a weaker team. He is one of the greatest who has ever played this game, and he proves it every time he is on the field.

"Now [he is] in the Premier League and in the Champions League, so they lost a big champion, a big point of reference and a big personality. But you can win games and be a strong team without Cristiano Ronaldo. This is also true."

Liverpool: Fabrizio Romano drops update on Raphinha

 Liverpool: Fabrizio Romano drops update on Raphinha

Liverpool have held a long-term interest in Raphinha, and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on the player’s future amid lots of speculation of a move this summer.

Raphinha update. Leeds United now officially confirm that Raphinha is not in the team for the tour of Australia.

                         What’s the latest?

Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed an update on £60m Leeds United star Raphinha’s ongoing situation at the club.

Raphinha will train in England while Leeds are in talks to sell him.

Barcelona have improved their verbal bid – Chelsea had proposal accepted 10 days ago

FSG must act now

If Liverpool are interested in signing Raphinha, FSG must act now to secure the deal for the Brazilian before he makes a move to either Chelsea or Barcelona this summer.

It was reported that the Reds had an offer rejected for the Leeds winger last month, but as the transfer window goes on it could now be Liverpool’s last chance to capture Raphinha.

The 25-year-old has been a consistent and reliable attacking threat for the West Yorkshire club since he joined in 2020, and this season was a hugely important player in his team’s difficult challenge to remain in the Premier League.

Raphinha scored 11 goals, delivered three assists and created ten big chances, making 1.9 key passes, 1.5 tackles and winning 5.2 duels on average per game and was the club’s top goal scorer over his 35 league appearances last season.

Not only did the attacker score the most goals, he scored one of the most important goals of the season against Brentford on the final day to make sure Leeds retained their top-flight status, proving that he is a very impactful player that can make a huge difference in the team.

Although Liverpool have been constantly linked with a move for Raphinha, the interest has now dwindled especially now Mohamed Salah has signed a new deal to remain at Anfield for another three years, and it doesn’t now seem viable to sign the Brazil international this summer.

With that being said, there is no doubt that Raphinha would add further creativity and goal contributions to the team at Liverpool and if they could find a way to secure a deal for the player it would be a huge signing that could guarantee quality in front of goal beyond Salah’s new contract for years to come.

Sadio Mane Gives One Reason Why He Swapped Liverpool For Bayern Munich

 Sadio Mane Gives One Reason Why He Swapped Liverpool For Bayern Munich

Sadio ManĂ©’s £35.1 million move to Bayern Munich was confirmed a few weeks ago, and he has revealed a key reason for why he decided to make the switch.

After 6 hugely successful seasons together, Liverpool and Sadio Mané agreed to part ways with this summer.

It signposted the end of an era at Anfield, as Klopp’s famous front three of ManĂ©, Firmino, and Salah was finally broken up.

ManĂ© though is excited for his new adventure in Germany and has been handed a hero’s welcome in Bavaria.

He noted the people of Munich played a key role in his decision.

ManĂ© told FCBayern.TV he used to “come to Munich regularly” when he played for RB Salzburg prior to his 2015 move to Southampton.

During his visits, ManĂ© noted “the people are very respectful and nice” in the East German city. The way people have “welcomed” ManĂ© has given him “extra motivation.”

Liverpool will miss ManĂ©, but have of course already made moves in the transfer market to replace the Senegal international.

Darwin Nuñez has joined the club in a deal worth £85.5 million. He’ll likely operate as Liverpool’s central striker, where ManĂ© primarily played last season for the Reds.

Takumi Minamino and Neco Williams have also followed ManĂ© out the exit door at Anfield.

Those player sales have helped inject north of £60 million worth of cash into the coffers of the Merseyside club.

However, looking at how Liverpool have previously operated in the transfer market, that likely means they’re business for the summer is over.

Liverpool are a sell to buy club so the money brought in through player sales will go towards funding that move for Darwin Nuñez.

As such, some Liverpool fans will be disappointed the pursuit of a new midfielder will be postponed until next summer.

However, before thinking about the future, some Kopites will still have to come to terms with ManĂ©’s exit. 

A true Liverpool legend.

The former Liverpool defender has spoken out on ManĂ©’s transfer to Bayern and claims the Liverpool ‘legend’ made the right decision.

Ć krtel made 320 appearances in the eight years he spent at Liverpool and left the club as a cult-hero to the Kop faithful.

The former Slovakian international was part of the Liverpool side that was going through somewhat of a transition period but was always a reliable force in the heart of defence.

Ć krtel only managed one trophy during his spell at the Reds, the League cup in 2012, but was an ever-present as Liverpool were building towards the powerhouse they are nowadays.

Neymar handed Liverpool boost and ruined rivals' transfer plans

 Neymar handed Liverpool boost and ruined rivals' transfer plans

Neymar's transfer from Barcelona to Paris-Saint Germain in 2017 transformed that transfer market and Liverpool are one of the few clubs to benefit

Neymar Jr of PSG during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and FC Metz at Parc des Princes stadium on May 21, 2022 (Image: Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)Follow the latest transfer news and more with our LFC 

When the dust settles in the years to come and Jurgen Klopp, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah have all left Anfield, there will be plenty of moments for this generation of players and fans to reminisce on.

From the effortless swing of Divock Origi's left boot in the Wanda Metropolitano to claim European football's ultimate prize, to Kostas Tsimikas' ice-cold penalty at Wembley to win the FA Cup in one of the greatest campaigns the club has ever seen. There will be an abundance of tales for the supporters of tomorrow to recite.

Since their heartache in Kyiv following the 2018 Champions League final, Liverpool have become used to success. Despite missing out on a remarkable quadruple in the final plays of the 2021/22 campaign, Klopp has guided the Reds to six trophies during his time at the club and Jordan Henderson has even become the first captain to lift six different honours, having got his hands on the elusive Club World Cup in the winter of 2019.

But even with the clear collective exertion of all those within Klopp's ranks over a glittering four-year period, stalwarts Van Dijk and Alisson Becker are the two individuals that are commonly hailed as the acquisitions that transformed Liverpool from the nearly men to the bosses of European football.

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Throughout their 130-year history, Liverpool has been the home to some of the game's finest forwards, from Billy Liddell's heroics in the second division under Bill Shankly to Kenny Dalglish's European supremacy, right the way through to Luis Suarez and Salah's record-breaking Premier League standards, Anfield has seen it all.

Though in the years since the Reds' 18th league win in 1990, many a title challenge has crumbled on the red half of Merseyside due to the lack of cohesion in the defence. The problematic back four of Brendan Rodgers' class of 2014 is frequently cited as the reason Suarez and co's exceptional run in the final third of the season amounted to nothing.

And even as Klopp began to assemble his squad during his early days at Anfield with the additions of Sadio Mane, Salah and Andy Robertson, the German had identified a glaring imperfection to his side. It was October 2017 and only half an hour had been played at Wembley, yet Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was trudging towards the touchline after his nightmare 30-minute showing, littered with errors, was enough for his manager to make a heartless, yet justified, call.

Goals from Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and a brace from Harry Kane humbled the Reds to their lowest moment of Klopp's early years as they were brushed aside 4-1 by Tottenham. Their defensive shortcomings were glaringly obvious as the 16 goals they had shipped in the opening nine games of the Premier League 2017/18 campaign was the most since the 1964/65 season.

Though Liverpool would have the executives over in Barcelona to thank for their overnight transformation of the defensive division, as they finally secured the signature of the highly-coveted Southampton defender Van Dijk for a fee of £75m in January 2018. Nevertheless, his addition would come at the cost of the brilliance of Philippe Coutinho who, six months after his initial attempts to broker a deal to Spain, would finally secure his dream move to La Liga.

Barca's purchase of Klopp's leading talisman, after a spectacular final half-season at Anfield, would not come cheap. With former sporting director Michael Edwards famously negotiating an astronomical transfer deal worth up to £142m, which ranked as the third most expensive sale the game had ever seen.

Indeed, the nonchalant attitude of those in Spain to authorise a vast sum on Coutinho came as a result of the world-record fee (£190m) they had received for Neymar in the previous summer. Which has led to 2017 being earmarked as the transfer window which reshaped the game's financial ecosystem.

The Brazilian's switch from La Liga to Ligue 1 undoubtedly caused a domino effect of inflation across European football and amplified the amount of power selling clubs possessed. And even though Liverpool seemed to be stung themselves by bowing to Southampton's, world record asking price of Van Dijk, the heights the Dutchman displayed immediately after his move to Anfield quickly eliminated any lingering concerns about the pricey outlay.

However, Anfield officials would be forced to spend big once again just six months later as they finalised the signing of Alisson Becker from Roma after Loris Karius' unfortunate series of events in the 2018 Champions League final. But, much like Van Dijk, the Brazilian's instant influence upon transferring to Merseyside escalated the Reds to new heights under Klopp as they prevailed as Europe's team to beat during his maiden campaign.

Five years on from the chaotic summer of 2017, the Reds have proved to the rest of Europe they were the sole winners of the unusual spike in stock. Since then a whole host of clubs have sanctioned sizeable deals for top-tier talent - with Harry Maguire (£80M), Joao Felix (113m) and Antoine Griezmann (£107m) amongst those who saw their value rise exponentially - but their investments have failed to mirror the impact both Van Dijk and Alisson have had since their move to Merseyside.

With that being said, it hasn't just been from a recruitment stance that Liverpool have been able to profit from the volatile condition of Europe's elite-level market, with Edwards managing to recoup a fee in the region of £118m since 2018 for those deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Yet that figure could increase once more in the coming days as defender Neco Williams edges closer to a move to Nottingham Forest. On Thursday afternoon the ECHO reported that both clubs had agreed on a deal worth £17m for the right-back, who has only managed 13 Premier League appearances during his time in the Reds' first team. It's a deal that highlights just how brainy the transfer operations have been in recent seasons, with a Williams' fee equating to roughly £1.3m for every top-flight outing he has made for the club he joined at the age of nine.

Also contributing to that impressive fee includes a deal which saw academy prospect Rhian Brewster move to Sheffield United for £23.5m in 2020, and the fee just shy of £20m that saw Dominic Solanke transfer to Bournemouth in 2019. The funds have been subsequently reinvested at Anfield to allow Klopp to bolster his chances of achieving further success on Merseyside.

In hindsight, there were no winners when Neymar decided to go to PSG. Except for Liverpool.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Frenkie de Jong decision puts final nail in hopes of Man Utd securing top Erik ten Hag target

 Frenkie de Jong decision puts final nail in hopes of Man Utd securing top Erik ten Hag target

Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong has reportedly decided to reject an offer of moving to the Premier League and joining Manchester United.

The Netherlands midfielder has been Erik ten Hag’s top transfer target ever since he took on the role to become United’s latest manager. However, it looks like he faces major disappointment in his chase for De Jong.

The Red Devils are in need of new midfield recruits after Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were allowed to join Juventus and Roma respectively on free transfers.

And despite Ten Hag trying to lure De Jong to Old Trafford, Mundo Deportivo states the 25-year-old has rejected the switch.

The news will come as a hammer blow to Ten Hag and United who will be forced to look elsewhere.

De Jong’s decision will also have an impact on Chelsea’s hopes of signing the player.

The Blues emerged as surprise rival contenders to United for De Jong in a move that ‘took the player and his entourage by surprise’.

However, they have not yet made contact over any kind of deal and are now unlikely to do so.

De Jong has reasons to stay put

The report adds that De Jong is very happy at Barca, especially after he recently got engaged to long-term partner Mikky Kiemeney.

The duo also look set to open a business’ in Pedralbes, Catalonia, which gives the Dutchman even more reason to stay.

There could still be a twist in the tale, however, and it concerns Barca’s financial woes.

De Jong and his camp are aware that the LaLiga giants want to reduce his salary to help balance the books.

However, if their figure drops well below what De Jong is willing to accept then an exit could still happen.

Salary will not be an issue in any way for both United and Chelsea, especially given the Premier League riches on offer.

Even so, the likelihood is that De Jong will start the season in Barcelona colours. And that news is sure to annoy Ten Hag especially as he wanted to shape his engine room around the player.

Ten Hag promises proactive Man Utd team

Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag has promised a “proactive style of football” after setting off on Manchester United’s pre-season tour and insisted there is “energy” in the team.

The Dutch boss does have some notable absentees from the 31-man travelling party to Asia and Australia. Cristiano Ronaldo heads the list of players who did not travel after missing the start of pre-season training this week.

Phil Jones also set to miss the tour in favour of following a specialist pre-season programme. While Brandon Williams missed out due to a ‘small issue’ and Andreas Pereira also stayed in Manchester amid talk of a move to Fulham.

Ten Hag though, despite being on the look out for another forward, is intent on getting to know his current players on tour. He has also hinted as to the style of play his Manchester United side will employ this season.

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“I have to learn, to know my squad, the personnel, the individuals, the players,” Ten Hag told MUTV, via the Manchester Evening News.

“That is, I think, one of the biggest advantages from the tour. We have two weeks to work really close together and we will learn about each other. Because I want to learn about them and they want to learn about me, my coaches and assistants.

“We want to play a proactive style of football. On the ball and off the ball.

“Trying to do that has to be our intention. The coaches bring it over to the team that we are, in every situation, proactive.”

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Ronald Koeman clarifies Frenkie de Jong's transfer wishes amid Man Utd interest

 Ronald Koeman clarifies Frenkie de Jong's transfer wishes amid Man Utd interest

The former Barcelona boss reiterated that Frenkie de Jong wants to stay at the Camp Nou despite prolonged transfer interest from Manchester United in this window

Former Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has claimed he has spoken to Frenkie de Jong and believes the player wants to stay at the Catalan club.

United have an initial transfer fee agreed with Barcelona with the value of £56.2million to sign the midfielder this summer. Reports claim the player has already cleared out his locker at Barca with a move to Old Trafford appearing to be edging closer. New United boss Erik ten Hag coached the midfielder at Ajax and held a phone call to convince the player that he should join his project at Old Trafford.

De Jong was informed that he would be the 'conductor of the orchestra' and would be an undisputed starter under Ten Hag – a similar role to the one he enjoyed so much in Amsterdam. Yet the deal has become protracted and dragged out over several months.

The Dutchman’s potential exit from Camp Nou this summer was complicated further as it emerged that Barca owe the player significant payments that had been deferred from previous campaigns. The Catalan club would need to shell out an eye-watering £34.5million to the Dutchman next year as stipulated by his contract.

De Jong’s former national team and Barca boss Koeman has now spoken on the player’s future and has poured cold water on the suggestions that the Catalan club may be tempted to cash in on the player this year. Koeman – who will return to the Netherlands national team position to replace Louis van Gaal after this year’s World Cup – believes De Jong wants to remain at Barca beyond this summer.

Koeman – speaking at the Koeman Cup golf tournament in Sant Esteve de Sesrovires – reiterated that he had "a lot of contact" with the midfielder before adding: "I know the situation of Frenkie and he said it himself the other day, he wants to stay. It was his intention to stay at Barcelona and nothing else. That is the only thing I know."

De Jong himself has even stated that his first choice is to remain with his "dream club" in Catalunya, telling ESPN during the international break last month: "What I'm saying, there is absolutely nothing of an agreement or anything official. At the moment there is no question of it at all – not that I know of in any case. Or they must not have told me, but I don't think so.

The ex- Ajax prodigy affirmed: "I prefer to stay with Barcelona. Barcelona is just my dream club. Also from a young age, I just said it, too. I've never regretted my choice despite the fact that I had hoped for more in terms of prizes than I've achieved so far. But I have never regretted my choice."

United are keen to wrap up a deal for De Jong as soon as possible, but any deal will come too late for the club's pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia. Ten Hag hopes to install his style of play into the team throughout July and be ready for their Premier League curtain-raiser at home to Brighton on Sunday, August 7.

Stunning footage of Anfield Road expansion emerges as Liverpool's £80m plan takes shapeq

 Stunning footage of Anfield Road expansion emerges as Liverpool's £80m plan takes shape

Anfield Road expansion continues as aerial footage has emerged from Liverpool's home stadium.

Further footage has been released which shows the work going on for the Anfield Road expansion at Liverpool’s home stadium.

The Anfield Road expansion will be the third major project undertaken during the FSG era following the £110m Main Stand increase in 2016 and the opening of the £50m AXA Training Centre in November of 2020.

Liverpool's progress to take their capacity up to 61,000 is continuing at pace, with completion on the 7,000-seat project still expected in time for the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

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Those proposals were initially slated to cost around £60m but have since risen by a third up to £80m as a result of the pandemic.

Aerial footage taken by a drone on Wednesday, captured by Mister Drone UK, has provided a further update on how the expansion is progressing.

“I went over and had a look at the roof truss corners that are in the car park,” he said. “And what I’ve learned is that the main truss that is going to connect to those corners is in between the old stand and new stand being built.

“It’s laying there, it’s constructed and it’s there ready. So we’re all ready.”

The footage shot by Mister Drone UK, which he has posted on his Youtube channel, shows aerial footage from a variety of angles of the new stand being built. In the video, you can also see work being done on the new pitch being laid at Anfield.

Liverpool's managing director Andy Hughes said back in March that the expansion of the Anfield Road stand is proof of FSG's desire to keep the Reds functioning as a self-sustainable business at the elite end of football.

It's absolutely critical to safeguard the future," Mr Hughes told the ECHO in March.

"We've been working on these projects for a long time.

The Main Stand has gone well, the training ground has gone well and we're on track with this project as well.

"I think we will have spent over £250m on infrastructure for the long-term at the club, which I think is a real statement from the owners for the future of Liverpool Football Club ."

Manchester United has learn a price tags for two key transfer targets

 Manchester United had  learn a price tags for two key transfer targets

Manchester United have learned the price tags of Ajax duo Lisandro Martinez and Antony.

With Erik ten Hag being appointed as manager of Manchester United, it’s been no secret that the Dutchman has been considering turning to his former club for potential transfer targets.

Two players Manchester United have considered this summer are Antony and Martinez, both from Ajax, and according to Daily Record, the Dutch club are demanding £106.1m for the pair.

Manchester United are desperate for reinforcements this summer after such a disappointing season. Ten Hag has already recruited a left-back, but there’s a good chance he will look to strengthen almost every position on the pitch.

Martinez will offer United a ball-playing defender who is comfortable playing on the left-hand side of the defence. Antony can provide some much-needed competition in wide areas, especially with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford struggling to find consistent form last season.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Ronaldo's Man Utd misjudgment backfires as transfer saga rumbles on

 Ronaldo's Man Utd misjudgment backfires as transfer saga rumbles on

Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to leave Manchester United after just one season at the club, and his earlier misjudgement has come back to haunt him 12 months later

Manchester United may have finally secured their first signing under Erik ten Hag, but the Dutchman has been handed a huge blow as Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly wants to leave the club.

The signing of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord has somewhat been overshadowed by Ronaldo's plea to leave the club, and the Portuguese star remains absent from training with his attendance on their pre-season tour now doubtful. It was meant to be a fairy-tale return for Ronaldo last summer, as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was keen to bring success back to the club he adores.

But less than 12 months later, he already wants to leave United after they failed to secure Champions League football for the upcoming season. And Ronaldo may be seriously regretting his severe lack of judgement that saw him return to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo made a name for himself at United, after being discovered during a pre-season game against Sporting Lisbon back in 2003. Sir Alex Ferguson pulled out all the stops to sign him, and six years later he became the most expensive signing of all-time as Real Madrid splashed £80million.

The Portuguese star went on to achieve incredible success with Madrid before enjoying three years at Juventus, but was left with fond memories of United. Ronaldo held the touching moments with Ferguson and his relationship with the fans close to his heart, and United were still the best team in England when he departed in 2009.

Ronaldo certainly isn't foolish, and the footballing world can see just how far they have fallen since Ferguson left the club. But even Ronaldo can't have realised just how much things have changed at Old Trafford, as he was extremely naĂŻve to the deeper issues that remain at the club.

During his first interview after re-signing for United, Ronaldo said: "I think it’s the best decision that I have made it. It’s right on point in my opinion.

"I moved from Juve now to Manchester, it’s a new chapter, I’m so happy and glad, and I want to carry on again, to make history, to try to help Manchester achieve great results, to win trophies and number one of them, to win great things."

But his 'best decision' may turn out to be one of his worst, as Ronaldo is at risk of fracturing his supposed bulletproof relationship with the fans while forcing a move away, and his salary has reportedly decreased due to a clause in his contact surrounding the club's Champions League status.

Gone are the fierce, resilient United side of the past, and instead is a squad of players that would have been overlooked a decade ago. And with the Glazer ownership proving increasingly toxic with the fans, Ten Hag's project will be no quick fix.

Ronaldo is a brilliant player, one of the best to ever do it, but at 37 time isn't exactly something that he has a lot of at this stage in his career. And the Portuguese star has to be playing in the Champions League to preserve his legacy.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been linked with unlikely moves to Chelsea and Bayern Munich since his stance became clear, but he is still under contract for one more season at United. This transfer saga is far from over, but so far, it isn't as ugly as it could turn out to be.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Fabrizio Romano confirms Nottingham Forest deal for Bundesliga star NOTTINGHAM FOREST FC

 Fabrizio Romano confirms Nottingham Forest deal for Bundesliga star


Nottingham Forest are set to continue their lightning start to life back in the Premier League by adding a fourth signing to their ranks. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed the deal would be taking place this afternoon.

The player in question is a third addition to strengthen their defence, following the signing of Dean Henderson from Manchester United and Giulian Biancone from Troyes. Mainz 05 with part with French central defender Moussa Niakhate for a fee of £15m, a third of which are made up by variables.

Niakhate, 26, moved to Mainz four years previously from Metz and has been a starter in the Bundesliga ever since. He also won 11 caps for France’s under 21 side, which given the competition for places in France is no small feat.

With the addition of Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin too, it seems clear that Forest are pursuing a policy of recruitment from teams below the Champions League places in Europe’s top five leagues. Once again it highlights the financial power of English football to be able to do so.

Three Leicester City fixtures moved but only two for TV as Man United and Tottenham dates set

 Three Leicester City fixtures moved but only two for TV as Man United and Tottenham dates set

Leicester City's games against Manchester United and Tottenham will be broadcast by BT Sport and Sky Sports, but the fixture at Brighton has also been rescheduled

Three Leicester City matches in August and September have had a change of date – but only two will be broadcast live.

The Premier League have announced their fixture changes for the first two months of the new season, with City’s games against Manchester United, Brighton, and Tottenham Hotspur all receiving new dates. But only the United and Spurs matches will be shown live on UK television.

City’s home game against United will now kick off at 8pm on Thursday, September 1, and will be shown live on BT Sport. It is part of a full midweek round of fixtures with the Premier League having to squeeze in matches during the upcoming campaign because of the disruption caused by the Qatar World Cup.

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As a result, City’s fixture at Brighton can no longer take place on Saturday, September 3, because of the short turnaround. Instead, it has been pushed back a day to Sunday, September 4, kicking off at 2pm. It will not be shown live on UK television though.

The final change sees City’s trip to Tottenham moved to a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, September 17, with Sky Sports selecting the game for coverage. That is the last City fixture before an international break during which countries will finalise their preparation for the World Cup in November.

City’s opening game against Brentford had already been moved to Sunday, August 7, kicking off at 2pm, because of a clash with the city’s Caribbean Carnival on Saturday, August 6. However, the release of the TV picks for August and September, means the club’s matches against Arsenal, Southampton, Chelsea, and Aston Villa have now been confirmed as Saturday 3pm kick-offs.

Malacia becomes Ten Hag's first signing at Man Utd

Manchester United completed their swoop for Feyenoord defender Tyrell Malacia on Tuesday as Erik ten Hag made his first signing since taking charge at Old Trafford.

United landed Malacia in a reported £12.95 million ($15.4 million) deal after making a late move for the Netherlands full-back, who had been close to joining French club Lyon.

The 22-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

It is a landmark deal for Ten Hag, who had been linked with a host of potential signings before finally making Malacia the first acquisition of his United reign.

Ten Hag arrived at United in May after finishing his successful spell at Ajax, where he had plenty of opportunities to see Malacia's quality with Dutch rivals Feyenoord.

Malacia, who made 136 appearances for Feyenoord, said: "It's an incredible feeling to have joined Manchester United. This is a new chapter for me, a new league with new team-mates and a tremendous manager leading us.

"I know from playing against his teams in the Eredivisie, the qualities that he has and what he demands of his players.

"Whilst I know that I am still young and will continue to develop, I can promise the United fans that I will leave everything on the pitch every time I pull on the red shirt."

Malacia, who plays largely at left-back, is expected to be part of the United squad that leaves for the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.

"I'll always be thankful to Feyenoord for all they have given to me and my family. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for them," Malacia said.

"Now I'm ready to focus on the future with United, and help my new club achieve success."

Capped five times by the Netherlands, Malacia is likely to compete with England left-back Luke Shaw for a place in United's starting line-up.

"Tyrell is an exciting, dynamic young footballer with excellent experience for his age, including five seasons in the Eredivisie, a European final and full international honours for the Netherlands," United football director John Murtough said.

"We look forward to seeing him continue to develop under the guidance of Erik ten Hag and his coaching team in the years ahead."

Ten Hag's recruitment drive is starting to gather pace, with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen reportedly agreeing to join United on a free transfer after his impressive loan spell at Brentford last season.

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez have also been linked with moves to Old Trafford.

As well as overhauling a squad that finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last season, Ten Hag must resolve the future of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo missed training for "family reasons" on Monday after reportedly asking for a transfer following United's failure to qualify for the Champions League.

United are said to be determined to hold onto the Portugal striker, who finished as their top scorer last season

Lisandro Martinez begs Ajax board to let him leave as Manchester United and Arsenal battle it out for Argentine

 Lisandro Martinez begs Ajax board to let him leave as Manchester United and Arsenal battle it out for Argentine

Lisandro Martinez wants to move to England (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez asked the club’s board to let him leave during a showdown meeting on Monday, with Manchester United and Arsenal battling it out to sign the Argentina defender.

The 24-year-old made it clear to the Dutch giants during talks in the last 24 hours that he wants to move to the Premier League, with Martinez open to joining either the Gunners or the Red Devils.

Though Martinez’s preference would be a reunion with Erik ten Hag, he’s open to moving to the Emirates and it’s now down to either side to agree a fee with Ajax.

Ajax have been holding out for around £45m and have so far rejected two bids from Arsenal, the last of which was around £34m.

But the Athletic say Martinez has now taken matters into his own hands by trying to force Ajax’s hand by requesting to leave the club for a second time.

United have accelerated talks with Ajax in recent days after learning that Arsenal had made a third bid for the defender.

The defender has seven caps for Argentina and has come on leaps and bou

United hope to complete at least one deal this week as Feyenoord’s Tyrell Malacia is set to join in a £13m deal.

Christian Eriksen has verbally agreed to join the club, while United still aim to complete the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Chelsea consider move for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United

 Chelsea consider move for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has offered player to London clubCo-owner is interested but a deal will depend on Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea are considering a move for Cristiano Ronaldo, but it remains to be seen whether Thomas Tuchel is sold on the idea of trying to sign the Manchester United forward.

Ronaldo wants to leave United because of what he perceives as a lack of ambition in their summer transfer dealings and his agent, Jorge Mendes, offered the 37-year-old to Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly last month. Boehly is understood to be intrigued about the idea of signing the Portugal international and the American has since held further talks w

However Chelsea are yet to firm up any interest and Boehly, the interim sporting director, is likely to be led by Thomas Tuchel’s thoughts on Ronaldo, who cited family reasons after failing to return to training at United on Monday.

Chelsea’s new ownership do not want to foist unwanted players on their head coach and it is unclear whether Tuchel wants Ronaldo, who has also been offered to Bayern Munich, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain. The Chelsea manager plans to mould a versatile, fluid attack and has allowed Romelu Lukaku to join Internazionale on loan. Lukaku struggled to adapt to Tuchel’s system last season – the Belgium striker did not press enough and lacked mobility – and it is likely that signing Ronaldo would create similar problems.

Signing Ronaldo would give Chelsea a proven goalscorer but although he scored 24 goals in 38 appearances for United last season, it was debatable whether he had a positive impact on the team’s play. United, who have insisted Ronaldo is going nowhere and are unlikely to want to lose him to a domestic rival, finished sixth and often lacked cohesion.

Boehly will need to hold talks with Tuchel before deciding whether to test United’s resolve. There is a pressure on Chelsea to step up their business. They remain in talks with Manchester City over a £50m deal for Raheem Sterling, who has held talks with Tuchel, and are waiting to see if Barcelona will beat them to the signing of Leeds United’s Raphinha.

Chelsea agreed a £55m deal with Leeds for Raphinha last week but the Brazilian winger’s preference is to join Barcelona, who are confident they will raise funds to make a suitable offer for him.

Barcelona are also making progress with Ousmane Dembélé in talks about a new contract. The France winger has been a target for Chelsea, who must decide whether to keep their bid for Raphinha on the table. There have been suggestions that the 25-year-old could stay at Leeds until January and wait for Barça to return with an improved offer.

Chelsea also need to strengthen in central defence after the departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio RĂŒdiger. They have targeted City’s Nathan AkĂ©, Juventus’s Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla’s Jules KoundĂ©.

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